Neymar won his race to be fit in time to make Tite's final squad for Russian Federation after suffering a fractured metatarsal while playing for French champions Paris Saint-Germain in February, and he has scored two of Brazil's seven goals at the tournament so far.
Brazilian superstar Neymar Jr. has drawn attention for more than his goal-scoring skills this World Cup and has quickly become the punchline to a new "challenge" sweeping the internet.
"It's like playing in the school playground and you have a 16-year-old playing against the 11-year-olds", Ferdinand told BBC Sport.
While one can not deny he's one of the very best players in world football, and someone who boasts supreme technical ability, it's no wonder he's so universally disliked with the way he conducts himself. After its 7-1 humiliation by Germany in the 2014 semifinals, Brazil was knocked out even earlier this time, losing 2-1 to Belgium in the quarterfinals. "Nothing justifies racism. We are with you Fernandinho".
But England captain Kane, who leads the race for the World Cup Golden Boot with six goals, insists that Messi and Ronaldo are still the best in the business.
Sweden lags as a +370 bet on Saturday's World Cup odds, and are also pegged as distant +2500 longshots on the championships odds. "Maybe because at club level he's always at the end of an assist or at the end of a goal and then it's easy to bring a highlight out of Kevin De Bruyne", Martinez said to Goal.
Flamboyant France have many strings to their bow that give them multiple avenues towards goal but they seem to be at their most unsafe during transition which is when speed merchants Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann come alive.
"There are some really exciting young players across the world announcing themselves on the world stage".
On the flanks, Willian and Philippe Coutinho can stretch defences, and fire in shots and crosses, while Neymar and Gabriel Jesus can also pull defences apart from more central positions. They can defend, they are imaginative in midfield and they score goals for fun. Italy, France, Germany and Portugal were the semi-finalists at the 2006 World Cup, the last time this had happened. And, perhaps fittingly given the host country's revolutionary history, change is in the air.